Third Party Viewer Policy Changes Comments in Second Life Viewer Posted February 27, 2012 I've noticed a couple things in this forum and on the two jiras related to the hide online status. There's two things I think need said: 1) for the people worried that the adboards will be broken by some of these changes: Owners and creators of a script designed to show online function will still be able to have their status seen by the object. So store owners can still have a status indicator for customers. 2) RE: RLV and temp uploads: Oz stated RLV is safe. Other Lindens I talked to said Temp textures should also be safe. 3) The viewer tag I think is an unfortunate causualty of the fact there are viewers that display not only the viewer tag but the ip and even in some cases the computer specs, mac address and such that people then use to attempt to track down other users. 4) I see a lot of Blame The Victim mentality here in terms of victims of stalking. "Oh they should just go to the police." In fact police are limited to what they can do to protect people. The simple fact is that LL has a moral and legal obligation to protect user privacy and they sometimes are forced to take draconian measures in order to protect the company. Linden Lab is far from the only gaming company breaking functionality in order to provide comply with existing or pending privacy regulations in a variety of countries. That said, I do feel the new tvp policy is badly written and I do feel that it would have been better if LL had implimented changes to LSL that were more in keeping with what the Jiras had asked for: Namely that LSL functions follow the same rules of the built in viewer online status check.